Sing and Praise the LORD

 A Song. A Psalm of David.
O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.

Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise You, O LORD, among the peoples,
And I will sing praises to You among the nations.

Psalm 108:1-3

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are the mighty One. Hallelujah! You are the One who has made us. You are the One who has dwelt among us. You are the One who has loved us so, so much that You have died for us — in our place. You, O LORD, are the One who has called us. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we neglect to think about these things. Help us, precious LORD Jesus, and remind us of who You are and what You have done for us. Reach out to touch our hearts and guide us in our daily walk with You. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

If you are ever lost for words and ways on how to praise the LORD then go to the Books of Psalms. Beside some other psalms you will find an abundance of psalms of praises.

Today’s psalm in our reading plan is a good example of this. One of the ways to read it is by just reading it through. Another way of reading Psalm 108 is by going down verse by verse while making notes of it. You can do that using the second person — like that:

Let your heart be steadfast and sing. Praise Him! Sing praises to God Almighty among the peoples. Sing His praise among the nations.

or in a more personal way like that:

Let my heart be steadfast, and let me sing. I want to praise Him, and sing praises to God Almighty among the people. Oh that I may sing His praise among the nations.

Praise the LORD, and sing praises to Him today.

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The Unbeliever in Your Home

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands;
if any obey not the word,
they also may without the word be won
by the conversation of the wives;

While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair,
and of wearing of gold,
or of putting on of apparel;

But let it be the hidden man of the heart,
in that which is not corruptible,
even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit,
which is in the sight of God of great price.

For after this manner in the old time the holy women also,
who trusted in God,
adorned themselves,
being in subjection unto their own husbands:

Even as Sara obeyed Abraham,
calling him lord:
whose daughters ye are,
as long as ye do well,
and are not afraid with any amazement.

1 Peter 3:1-6

LORD Jesus we praise You for You have made us male and female. We are made in Your image. We are the sheep of Your pasture. And one day we will be able to enter into Your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts. Hallelujah! Until then guide us, O God we pray, and reveal to us the way of living our lives as a testimony to You. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

It’s nearly two and a half years since I have posted

Married to the Unbeliever

Married to tI have come across that post again yesterday. I’m so glad I did.

The post included a link, but now it is broken and so it no longer provides the link that will lead to the text of chapter 9 of Jay Adams book: Christian Living in the Home. The title of this chapter is: How to Live With an Unbelieving Husband. I cannot share all of what he says in my post. If you would ask me, though, to copy and paste the most important sentence that I have found within the chapter, here it is:

Conduct, not speech, makes the difference.

Jay E. Adams

Throughout the chapter he emphasizes that it is the wife’s behavior (walk) rather than her words (talk) that will win her husband to Christ.

Oh girl, I’m preaching to myself here! Living with an unbeliever or not, all of us need that reminder now and then, namely, that the message of our life often speaks louder than the words we are using to talk about the Word of God. If we keep on lecturing and preaching “empty” words, but are living a way which could only be described in different words, then our conduct does not match what we are saying. In other words, we are not making a difference in other peoples’ lives.

I love Jay Adams’ concluding words of his chapter on How to Live With an Unbelieving Husband:

Pray and live; that is your basic witness.

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God Is Holy

The LORD reigns;
Let the peoples tremble!
He dwells between the cherubim;
Let the earth be moved!

The LORD is great in Zion,
And He is high above all the peoples.

Let them praise Your great and awesome name—He is holy.

Psalm 99:1-3

Moses and Aaron and Samuel called upon His name, verse six says. They called upon the LORD, and He answered them. Imagine, God Almighty, the One who is perfect and holy, answers His people when they call upon His name.

He does not only answer, but as verse eight of this psalm says, He is also a God who forgives:

You answered them, O LORD our God;
You were to them God-Who-Forgives,

True, He is Love, full of compassion, and ready to forgive. We must never forget, though, that He is holy. Sin, from the smallest to the greatest, cannot be overlooked or excused. Never! God, however, spares His people at their request.

That is not the whole verse, though. Verse eight continues:

Though You took vengeance on their deeds.

Matthew Henry comments on this verse:

“Thou wast a God that wast propitious for them (so Dr. Hammond), for their sakes, and sparedst the people at their request, even when thou wast about to take vengeance of their inventions, that is, when thy wrath was so highly provoked against them that it was just ready to break in upon them, to their utter overthrow.”

All you have to do is call upon the name of the LORD! God listens if you call Him; He will forgive you when you humble yourself and ask Him of His forgiveness. He is mighty to save you. Hallelujah!

Oh precious soul. Remember, that at this side of the Cross especially, never to fail to praise Him, exalt Him, and worship Him for what He has done. For God made Christ the LORD, who knew no sin, to be sin for you that you might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Call upon the LORD. Exalt and worship Him today.

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